Document Type


Date of Award



School of Communication (SOC)

Degree Name

MA in History

First Advisor

Cary D. Wintz


This thesis examined the history of Houston's hip-hop culture from its beginnings in the early 1980s to 1991. The author explored the nature of Houston hip-hop to discover how it came about, why it's notable for scholarly attention, and what it reveals about the life experiences of urban young people in Houston during the 1980s. This analysis argued that hip-hop culture cannot be discussed or historicized without including Houston, because the persons and practices in Houston were and are agents in what we call hip-hop culture. Within this analysis, the author redressed the scholarly and media biases against Houston's hip-hop culture and used oral histories to discuss the people, music, events, and socio-political contexts that contributed to the early development of Houston's hip-hop